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Title: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Acoustickler on February 15, 2006, 11:48:45 PM
Hi Folks,

As I peruse the internet drooling over many beautiful acoustics, it strikes me that there is a wealth of great Canadian builders of acoustic guitars.  Almost disproportionate to the population of the country.  I started to write down the ones that crossed my mnd. 

I'm sure there are many more and I'd appreciate it if you'd join in and add to the list.

Here goes:

Larrivee  :GRN>
Simon & Patrick/Seagull/Art & Lutherie
Morgan
Paragon
Garrison
Webber
John David Scott
Northwood (McQuarrie)
Michael Greenfield
Judy Threat
Michael Heiden
Sergei de Jonge (and his kids)
Linda Manzer
David Wren
Grit Laskin
Mario Beauregard
Marc Beneteau
Kwasnycia
Thompson
Shelley Park
Michael Dunn
Allan Beardsell


...feel free to jump in with others  :GRN>!

Cheers,
B.


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: ronmac on February 16, 2006, 12:20:40 AM
Well not all of us are content to carve hockey sticks, so a few have branched out to make guitars. :WNK>

Here's a post in another Forum that lists quite a few: http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=857304&postcount=41



Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Acoustickler on February 16, 2006, 12:26:40 AM
Well not all of us are content to carve hockey sticks, so a few have branched out to make guitars. :WNK>

Here's a post in another Forum that lists quite a few: http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=857304&postcount=41



Thanks for jumping in, Ron!  Well, most of the ones on Ian's list I've never heard of...some further web-surfing needed, perhaps.  Your list on that post is more familiar for sure. 

Do you have any info on Joseph Pennell in NFLD?  I'm originally from there and have many family friends named Pennell.

Cheers,
Blair


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Guvnor on February 16, 2006, 12:38:44 AM
http://www.kronbauerguitars.com/


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: ronmac on February 16, 2006, 12:58:30 AM
Quote
Do you have any info on Joseph Pennell in NFLD?  I'm originally from there and have many family friends named Pennell.

I haven't spoken to Joe for 2 years. I bought, and still own, the second guitar that he built, an OM Sitka/Padauk . I know that he was working at Garrison some and trying to get his workshop established.

Joe worked with Larrivee for a few years before moving back to NF.


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Gemnoc on February 16, 2006, 01:21:48 AM
You can add 2 more names to the Godin family: Norman and La Patrie (classicals).

Incidentally, another recent company, www.boucherguitars.com, has some history with Norman guitars.


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: brimc76 on February 16, 2006, 12:44:42 PM
There is also Wolf Guitars here locally from Rick Ellicott who studied under George Rizsanyi. I've seen and heard a couple of his guitars close up and they are very nice indeed.
http://handsonmusic.ca/wolf.html


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Denis on February 16, 2006, 01:20:57 PM
AAAaaahhhhh!!!!!  You've got to love the Great White North!!

Edward Dick is making instruments out of Colorado now but he was born and raised in Canada.  He was the repair technician at the Ottawa Folklore Centre for years.  He makes great looking instruments although I've never tried them.

http://www.evd303.com/



Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: saffron_boots on February 16, 2006, 05:57:23 PM
Oskar Graf http://web.ctsolutions.com/grafguitars/
Mark Kett http://www.kettguitars.com/
John Kilpatrick http://www.kilpatrickguitars.com/
Joshua House http://www.house-guitars.com/
Tony Karol http://www.karol-guitars.com/
Fabrizio Alberico http://www.albericoguitar.com/


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: knoxpossum on February 16, 2006, 06:33:56 PM
I believe that Jeff Sigurdson is still in Vancouver.  He worked with Jean Larrivee and was one of the founders of Legend Guitars.

www.sigurdsonguitars.com (http://www.sigurdsonguitars.com)


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Acoustickler on February 16, 2006, 07:05:41 PM
Great input, guys - thanks!  Keep 'em coming.  I'm learning new ones every time someone posts.

Cheers,
B.


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Denis on February 16, 2006, 07:06:29 PM
A good question would be how many of the Canadian builder apprenticed or worked with Jean Larrivee?



Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: saffron_boots on February 16, 2006, 10:08:38 PM
A good question would be how many of the Canadian builder apprenticed or worked with Jean Larrivee?

If you include students of apprentices, i.e. those who have studied under Sergei de Jonge (Jean's first apprentice in '69), the easier question might be, who hasn't?

Short list off the top of my head: Graf, Karol, and Greenfield.  :GRN>


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Acoustickler on February 16, 2006, 10:12:38 PM
Another for the overall list - G.W. Barry.

Saw a lovely OM by him today on 12th Fret website.

Cheers,
B.


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: ronmac on February 16, 2006, 11:17:34 PM
AAAaaahhhhh!!!!!  You've got to love the Great White North!!

Edward Dick is making instruments out of Colorado now but he was born and raised in Canada.  He was the repair technician at the Ottawa Folklore Centre for years.  He makes great looking instruments although I've never tried them.

http://www.evd303.com/



I've played Valdy's acoustic bass (a 5 sting with a high C) made by Mr. Dick. Very nice. Ed shipped it to him when he heard he was looking for one and told him to pay him "whenever".

There is one of his instruments at Dream Guitars: http://www.dreamguitars.com/preowned/classical/Dick_Classical_310.htm


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: arcterix100 on February 17, 2006, 10:17:32 PM
dont forget boucher guitars! have a look at them!


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Gemnoc on February 18, 2006, 03:09:55 AM
Already mentioned. :WNK>

Claude Boucher is the son of late Norman Boucher, who founded Norman Guitars.

I would certainly be happy to sample one of thier guitars. They are all made with Adirondack Spruce top.


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: BrentAdams on February 22, 2006, 05:32:31 AM
Add David Iannone -----> Morgan Guitars  www.morganguitars.com

yet another Larrivee understudy who still has a working relationship with JCL          http://littlebrother.nlpd.com/MorganStory/default.htm        (thanks to RonMac for digging up this link)

BA


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: BrentAdams on February 22, 2006, 06:08:04 AM
Hmmm .. and also

David Freeman ---> www.timelessinstruments.com

he's done some interesting work

BA


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: LaminateBoy on February 24, 2006, 07:10:19 PM
Mike Hardy

www.hardyguitars.com


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: wilfried on March 01, 2006, 01:57:41 PM
The best for me :
Beneteau !!
www.beneteauguitars.com (http://www.beneteauguitars.com)



Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: wilfried on March 01, 2006, 01:58:39 PM
* edit : oups, sorry...


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: JasonA on March 01, 2006, 02:37:05 PM
Hmm... I've owned a Beneteau, a Webber, a Northwood, a Thompson, several Paragons, a few Sigurdsons, a Seagull, a Simon & Patrick, a Godin electric, more Larrivees than I can remember, and I married a Canadian. I think they owe me honorary citizenship!!  :GRN>



Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Denis on March 01, 2006, 03:20:09 PM
Hmm... I've owned a Beneteau, a Webber, a Northwood, a Thompson, several Paragons, a few Sigurdsons, a Seagull, a Simon & Patrick, a Godin electric, more Larrivees than I can remember, and I married a Canadian. I think they owe me honorary citizenship!!  :GRN>



OK but you've got to start using "Eh" more in you daily conversations, eat more maple syrup and talk of nothing but hockey wtih friends and coworkers, OK, eh? 


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: ducktrapper on March 01, 2006, 04:25:22 PM
Here's one from my neck of the woods. Richard Harvey.

http://www.arveyguitars.com/


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Larriveeplayer67 on March 27, 2006, 02:06:11 AM
I was born in the U.S. and I gotta say I like Canadian guitars much better than American.To me the Canadian guitars sound better, play better,look good,high quality craftsmanship  and cost less Just my .02cents

(http://www.grimmemennesker.dk/data/media/1/8_ugly_people.jpg)



Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: roknroll on March 27, 2006, 02:44:23 AM
is that your new signature LP ^_^


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Sam on March 30, 2006, 07:41:12 AM
Here's someone who builds fantastic guitars..i have one of his 97 classicals, he also builds steel strings.
Name is Jay Duncan at

http://www.duncanguitars.com

He has a project going in Africa to start up a guitar making school in Africa, to teach communities how to support themselves, with guitars being sold in the West. It's for a great cause.
Check his project site out at

http://www.duncanafrica.com

peace


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Sam on March 30, 2006, 07:51:02 AM
Here's another one..i tried the RL guitar..it was simply superb souding and feel...

http://www.laughlinguitars.ca/

peace


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: ronmac on March 30, 2006, 12:23:19 PM
Thanks for the links Sam.


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Acoustickler on May 02, 2006, 05:17:46 PM
Another one for the list.  Met Dave Reimer last week in Vancouver.  He is a musician (used to play with Barney Bentall) and he hand makes acoustic instruments (and some electric basses) as well.  He has a unique, somewhat asymetrical, design to his guitars.  He makes about 4 or 5 guitars per year.  Played a couple last night.  One, which he has just assembled, but not yet finished had EIR back/sides and a bearclawed Engleman top.  Sounded lovely and shimmery.  Website here:

http://www.reimerguitars.com/index.html

Cheers,
B.


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Denis on May 02, 2006, 08:10:24 PM
There's a write up on this builder in the latest Acoustic Guitar magazine:

http://www.schwartzguitars.com/index.html


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: Acoustickler on June 23, 2006, 07:09:43 PM
Adding another:

Tinker Guitars

I played two dreadnaughts by Tinker (both Sitka/EIR) last night.  Beautifully constructed, as far as I can tell.  Lovely Koa bindings.  Very, very responsive guitars.  If I had to guess, I'd say lightly braced - does not sound overbuilt in the least.  Local Vancouver music store (NJAM) had them for about $1500 and $1350 (for one with slight cosmetic flaws).  I was impressed.

Cheers,
B.


Title: Re: Canadian Acoustic Guitar Builders - Starting a List
Post by: expatCanuck on June 23, 2006, 07:44:58 PM
Alastair Miller.   -_-

www.amillerguitars.com (http://www.amillerguitars.com)

Phenomenal tone, sustain, projection, finish, and the most comfortable fretboard/neck I've ever played.
(and that includes, in no particular order, Manzer, Wren, Laskin, Beneteau, Beardsell, deJonge, Wingert,
Heiden, Alberico -- and that Larrivee fella, too.  All builders whose instruments I'd also be overjoyed to own.)

 - Richard